The 6th June 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most remarkable wartime operations of all time, the D-Day Landings. After many years of working with the Royal British Legion to organise tours for World War II veterans, we knew that a historic event as iconic as this, deserved a very special tribute – a Voyage of Remembrance.
With over 240 veterans on board, the MV Boudicca set sail from Dover on the 2nd June. We made three stops before arriving in Le Havre on the 6th June and the reception at every location was truly breathtaking. Thousands of people visited to pay their respects both to the heroic veterans who could attend the memorial services, and to those who could not be there.
The stars of this incredible voyage shone bright from the very start of our journey. From late-night drinks and dancing to emotional recollections of early memories, it became clear to everyone involved that these incredible veterans deserved all the honour and respect they were treated with throughout the voyage.
In the 7 days we spent on board the MV Boudicca, we laughed, we cried and we made memories which will last a lifetime. Being part of this incredible journey to Normandy was an absolute privilege and the experience has touched the hearts of everyone involved here at Arena Travel. We’re so proud to share some of our favourite moments…
Sunday 2nd June – Dover
Wednesday 5th June – Portsmouth
The ship arrived in Portsmouth for an incredible day of commemmorations. Veterans were joined by members of the Armed Forces and VIPs to watch a moving D-Day tribute of wartime stories, speeches, live vintage music & performances.
Thursday 6th June – Normandy
On arrival in Le Havre, we made our way to Bayeux CWGC Cemetery for the memorial service.